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Geotechnical Engineer Salary (United States)

With the highest median pay of $103K, very experienced Geotechnical Engineers make much more than the national average ($61K per year) for those in this field. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $55K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $70K. For Geotechnical Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $83K. Professionals who achieve more than 20 years of experience generally enjoy cushy salaries; their median compensation sits in the ballpark of $103K, a plump six-figure sum. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Geotechnical Engineer Salary (?
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$44,657 - $84,735
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MEDIAN: $60,669
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Geotechnical Engineer Salary (?
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$15.85 - $36.52
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$44,657 - $84,735  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,070  
Profit Sharing
$350.00 - $8,750  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$43,782 - $85,910  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 675
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.85 - $36.52  
   
Overtime
$21.16 - $42.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,070  
   
Profit Sharing
$350.00 - $8,750  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$43,782 - $85,910  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 113
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Job Description for Geotechnical Engineer

Geotechnical engineers monitor drilling operations, take and analyze soil samples, and classify soil and rocks. They typically work outdoors with colleagues that help them collect data and samples. The engineers then pass their samples and data to a field supervisor, who will approve their work or send them back into the field for further research. The work is both physical and mental, as the engineer is required to go out in the field to collect samples and analyze them as well. They typically work during the day, when sunlight is plentiful. Critical skills in this position include an understanding of geoscience data acquisition procedures.
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Geotechnical Engineer Tasks
  • Evaluate test data and develop design parameters.
  • Perform engineering analyses including foundation capacities, slope stability and settlements, etc.
  • Coordination of drilling and sampling of soil borings and supervision of laboratory testing.

Geotechnical Engineer Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Geotechnical Engineer

URS Corporation Inc. pays the most with a median salary of $66K, though there is little variation overall ($59K to $75K).

Popular Skills for Geotechnical Engineer

Geotechnical Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project, Project Management, Engineering Design, and Matlab are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Windows Operating System General Use, AutoCAD, and Microsoft Word. Most people skilled in Engineering Design are similarly competent in AutoCAD and Microsoft Excel. Most people familiar with Microsoft Office also know Microsoft Excel and AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Geotechnical Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Chicago
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For those looking to make money, Geotechnical Engineers in Chicago enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 17 percent above the national average. Geotechnical Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Portland (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), Houston (+8 percent), and New York (+8 percent). Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Charlotte. Below-median salaries also turn up in Atlanta and Philadelphia (5 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Geotechnical Engineer Salaries

National Average
$62,000

Skills That Affect Geotechnical Engineer Salaries

Project
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Engineering Design
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Matlab
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National Average
$62,000
Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office
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Visual Basic (VB)
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AutoDesk
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
18%
female alumni
 
Male
82%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 6%